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  1. Is it just me or does that “conservatives are dumb” story have Evo Psych written all over it?

    It’s chock full of fallacies; correlation equals causation and confirmation bias spring to mind, plus the fact that IQ tests have been shown to not show much of anything useful regarding intelligence.

    As a raging liberal I would be happy to find out that conservatives are measurably dumber but I just don’t see it. There are too many factors not taken into account; geography, family structure, poverty vs. wealth, religiosity etc. for this to mean much. I don’t doubt that liberals and conservatives have actual brain differences (or alt least thought pattern differences), whether genetic, environmental, chemical, etc., and won’t be the least bit surprised when/if the actual trigger or triggers of liberalism are found but I don’t see any good reason to do anything but laugh at this idiotic little study and watch the conservatives get all red-faced and screechy while the liberals stand in the corner looking smug; which is pretty much what they do every day.

    1. Even if there is a difference in brains we’ve shown that the human brain is incredibly plastic in ability to adapt so it’s not even necessarily the difference in the brain that caused the ideology but the reinforcement and ideology that cause the difference.

  2. If you look at the actual research paper, it is not as full of bias as the HuffPo piece. The HuffPo piece was written to draw ads.

    There are plausible mechanisms for there to be an actual causal correlation.

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